Have you seen those cute little tomato planters that hang upside down- the ones with the hefty price tag of $15-40!? Well, I loved the idea, hated the price so we decided to make our own.
1 Large Planter
Drill with 1 1/2- 2″ bit
1 Tomato Seedling (per planter)
Herb Seeds (for the top)
Planting/ Potting Mix
Coffee filters or weed free fabric (small square with an x- cut into it)
First, you’ll need a large hanging planter. The one picture here on the left is from Lowes and was $2. Depending on the size of your seedling, choose your drill bit size. Here we used a 1 1/2″ bit.
Line the hole with several coffee filters or a small piece of “weed free” fabric. This prevents the soil from dropping through when watering.
Carefully insert the seedling into the bottom of the hole, this is considerably easier if you have a helper. I didn’t – which is why you don’t have a photo of it! Cut a coffee filter in half and place half on each side of the seedling stem, to prevent soil from falling through the hole.
Add potting soil. Plant the herb seeds on the top- I planted Basil, rosemary and parsley. After a few days the seedling will start to turn to grow Upwards towards the light. Hang it in a very well lit area of your home. If you’re making hangers to leave outdoors, drill several small drainage holes into the bottom of the planting bowl.
You can also use 3 or 5 gallon pails as planters.
5/30/2011 **UPDATE* Here’s a Shot of the tomatoes 5 weeks later! This planter is outside at the moment so that the bees can pollinate the flowers which really isn’t a problem because most tomato varieties are actually self-pollinating! Notice the nice fat tomatoes on the bottom, they’re still green, but getting there!
If you start tomatoes in mid to late August, you’ll have delicious Fresh tomatoes before Christmas. These make Lovely, Well received gifts, particularly in colder areas. Just ensure that your plants are getting plenty of light from a nice window location so growth isn’t stunted.